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2,605 Ratings

The Lady Vanishes

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United Kingdom, 1938
Comedy, Mystery, Thriller


Stranded in small country due to bad weather, passengers of a trans-euro train must hole up in a small hotel for the night. Socialite Iris Henderson meets old governess, Miss Froy, who vanishes without a trace by sunrise. The young woman investigates the mysterious disappearance.

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The Lady Vanishes Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1939 | Winner: Best Director

1939 | 2nd place: Best Film

…These visual tokens puncture the gaslighting; they make the film a spy thriller, not a tragedy. They’re onscreen manifestations of Dame May Whitty, who plays the vanished lady. Though her screen time’s limited, Whitty is an absolute sunbeam. She radiates kindness in her giddy smiles as well as when her face knits with concern. She’s the kind of person you remember long after she’s out of sight.
February 09, 2017
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Any brutality here is brisk—from a knock on the noggin with a flowerpot to a climactic gunfight—and Hitchcock manages to be impish and nerve-wracking simultaneously.
November 11, 2016
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For Hitchcock, that which one most admires about him and which gives such power to his films and to his virtuosity as a director is the way he depicts the fragility of one’s sense of a personal self when confronted with forces which threaten its integrity by putting into doubt one’s social and official self. Nevertheless there remains in his films a ghost of a personal identity, ultimately presented – often not without humour – as the real me.
February 02, 2015
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